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Production scoops double prize at Columba Trophy Awards
19 October 2018
In October 2017, EHS staged five incredible performances of The Phantom of the Opera in the Octagon which dazzled audiences with its complexity and sparkle. On the opening night, two representatives of the Columba Musical Theatre Award were present to observe the first show.
EHS was the first school of 2017/18 to be assessed by the Columba board of adjudicators. The representatives always attend the opening of each production to give schools an equal chance of getting through to the competition final. Out of a total of 26 schools, six were chosen to progress to the prestigious finale, held at the Birmingham Council House last month.
We were delighted to be awarded a Commendation for the production, which was received on behalf of the Cast and Crew by Esther Simkiss, our leading lady Christine.
We were also delighted that Isabella Birch received a Commendation for her role as Meg Giry. The jury highlighted her contribution and selected her as a student who shows tremendous promise.
The presentation itself was extraordinary, lead by a distinguished Master of Ceremonies, the renowned thespian and veteran of the boards, Adrian de Redman. It was certainly an occasion that will live long in our memories.
Director of Music
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